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Samsung Galaxy Note II Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)

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What a welcome sight people! Even though there’s nothing out of the ordinary on the surface with the Samsung Galaxy Note II’s custom Android experience, which is notably none other than Sammy’s TouchWiz Nature UX (which we know from the Galaxy S III), there are some new enhancements sprinkled around to make it deeper than before. In addition to that, we’re absolutely in love knowing that it is blessed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box – meaning, it’s one of the few devices on the market that’s sporting the most up-to-date version of the mobile platform. And who doesn’t love being treated to the latest and greatest?

As we’ve noted, we’ve experienced this custom UI already with Sammy’s flagship, so it doesn’t come as a surprise to us that it’s littered from head-to-toe with a ton of useful features to cap the already wonderful things that come along with Jelly Bean. On top of having all of Samsung’s usual offerings (S Voice, S Beam, Smart Stay, etc.), it blends well with Jelly Bean’s specific perks – like Google Now, enhanced Google Voice Search, improved notifications panel, and Project Butter. Combining the two worlds together, the experience on the Note II is undoubtedly gratifying on so many levels, especially when it’s the most comprehensive things out there on the scene.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II is blessed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is blessed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is blessed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is blessed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is blessed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is blessed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is blessed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is blessed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)

Visually, there’s nothing out of the norm when it comes to the look, feel, and operation of the platform. However, knowing that the S Pen plays a vital function with the smartphone, Samsung has been kind enough to expand upon its usefulness – and that’s beyond the customary things we’d expect, like hand writing recognition and making selections with it. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the new features associated with the Note II’s S Pen.


S Pen apps and performance:

Starting with the improvements from what we already had in the first Note, we now have extra templates to choose from in the S Note app. Just like in the Note, the productivity tools include a formula section, where you can scribble a more sophisticated formula, and a pop-up browser will calculate it for you through Wolfram Alpha.

Handwriting is significantly improved, too, due to the reworked S Pen stylus, which is thicker, longer, and more ergonomic, with new technology inside, and with almost nonexistent lag when you write on the screen now. You can handwrite in emails, messages, or simply use it to convert the handwritten words to text automatically.

The S Pen has learned new tricks now, too, with the most intriguing one being Air View, which brings up previews of emails, image galleries and videos by hovering the stylus over them, or simply tells you what this or that button does with a pop-up label. In the S Planner calendar app, Air View makes the appointments pop, so they are now readable much easier if you have a crowded schedule.

The S Pen button now tells the device that selected content is to be copied or edited, and there is an Easy Clip feature to outline and crop while holding it. The cropped region than can easily be sent via email, inserted in a note, or simply put into the clipboard for later use.

The Easy Clip feature - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
The Easy Clip feature - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
The Easy Clip feature - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
The Easy Clip feature - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)

Another stellar application of the S Pen is that pulling it out during a phone call evokes the S Note app. Not only you can quickly jot down addresses and other trivia from the caller, but make gestures on the screen, too, to do things such as initiating calls and bringing up emails, which can come pretty handy when you don’t have paper and pen lying around.

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9Excellent
Display5.5 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (265 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
2 GB RAM
Size5.94 x 3.16 x 0.37 inches
(151 x 80 x 9 mm)
6.34 oz  (180 g)
Battery3100 mAh, 15 hours talk time

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